Guilds are a mainstay of World of Warcraft, just as they are of fantasy fiction and MMOs in general. WeÂve already told you how to create a good impression after joining a guild and today weÂre going to look at finding the best kind of guild for you.
Finding guilds is pretty easy. Just look in trade chat or use the guild finder. This is where it gets complicated; there are social guilds, hardcore endgame raiding guilds, roleplaying guilds, progression guilds, family and local guilds. What do these all mean and how do you find the right one for you?
You and Your Play Style
Before you even start looking for a guild, itÂs important to figure out your own play style. Do you play a lot or just on weekends? Do you work or study? Part time or full time? Are you a teen with a curfew or an adult with commitments like kids? How many characters have you got? Do you have a main and lots of alts or just lots of mains?
Answering these questions will give you a better idea of what youÂre looking for. Think of yourself as the piece in a jigsaw, youÂve just got to find where you fit in the bigger picture. After all, thereÂs no point applying to a guild full of hardcore raiders when you can only play on weekends and havenÂt even done the first tier raids yet.
What exactly do you need to fit into different guilds? Well most traits are transferable: you should be friendly and enthusiastic, willing and eager but there are also specific qualities which will help you become a valued member of a specific type of guild.
Casual or Hardcore?
For example, if you decide to join a hardcore raiding guild then be prepared for a rigorous schedule where only the end of the world/dire and catastrophic internet failure will stop you from raiding. This means you need to make sure youÂre online, repaired, in Mumble/Vent/Teamspeak and have appropriate potions and buff food fifteen minutes before the raid start. By doing this youÂre showing two awesome traits already: punctuality and dedication, both of which are top of the list for the hardcore.
On the opposite end of the scale are the casual guilds. These are the chilled out folk who, even if they do some raiding, might not stick to a schedule and run on Guild Standard Time where everything runs fifteen to thirty minutes late. These guilds usually include a range of people covering all ages and demographics from parents and their kids to students and retired folk. Some guilds will include people from all over the place while others could be small and predominately local.
Depending on how quickly you want to kill the latest endgame boss will help you figure out what kind of guild to join.
In these guilds, itÂs important to be chilled out and be yourself. ItÂs not uncommon in any guild to have guildmates become close friends or even vice versa. In some cases it even comes in handy. For example, three of my guildmates live in the next town over from me and we were friends outside of WoW before they joined our little social guild.
We were raiding one night when my three friends - who are housemates - lost their internet connection. Suddenly all three vanished and we were left without two healers and a DPS for a good thirty minutes. What followed was a fascinating use of the internet when Healer #1 called my mobile phone and, on loudspeaker via Skype and Mumble, explained to the rest of the guild why theyÂd vanished. You canÂt make this stuff up. We were all fine with this, took biobreaks and continued on once everyone was back.
ItÂs things like, flexibility and also real-world contact, which make social guilds. These are the guilds where the spirit of camaraderie is more important than how many times youÂve killed Deathwing on heroic. These guilds are also the places where youÂre likely to have annual real-life meet ups at events like BlizzCon and are definitely for folk who like getting to know the person behind the toon.
The other major type of guild are RPers and weÂre not talking those folk on Moonguard either. RP guilds are usually found on specialist servers but do sometimes exist elsewhere. If you want to join one of these, youÂll need to be a decent actor and, at the very least, know your mainÂs life-story like it was your own. These guilds often have interesting rules, such as being in character at all times or even, using a specific in-game tongue such as Darnassian or Gnomish to communicate (depending on species for example).
Roleplaying guilds exist for fun and social stuff but they also take themselves quite seriously and, if thatÂs the kind of thing you want to be apart of then itÂs important to remember that.
Whichever guild you choose though, itÂs important to remember that youÂre not just a player, youÂre a person too. DonÂt try to be something your not but, at the same time, keep an open mind. Guilds are, ultimately, a reflection of the people within it and, unlike in real life, you get to choose which family you want to join.
Types of Guilds
So, letÂs look at the different types and the kinds of things you can expect if you join:
Social: Plays for fun, help each other, heavy focus on enjoying the game whatever your play style. Includes players of all ages.
Hardcore: Focused on PvP or endgame raiding. Usually 18+. These guilds are a step down from Vodka, KIN and Ensidia. Intensive raiding with set schedules. Vent/Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak a must. Will spent weeks learning fights on the FTR, often players or raid groups are professional players. The best of the best.
Some guilds live for the lore on RP servers.
Leveling: These guilds are much more relaxed and often have a large number of toons. There will probably be some 85Âs but the majority of players will be lower level. There may be a focus on professions as well. ItÂs all about the journey, not the destination.
Roleplay: These guilds usually only exist on special servers devoted to RP, focus will be on playing in character rather than being a person controlling an avatar. Specialist language might be used, stepping out of character will be discouraged. Must have your characterÂs life story mapped out and enjoy the lore side of Azeroth.
Raiding and Progression: These guilds focus on raiding. Toons must be 85. Vent/Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak required. Will focus on any raid, normally tackling content as itÂs released or on the preceding tier. Not as hardcore but still dedicated to raiding on a more casual basis.
PvP: This kind of guild will focus on Player versus Player content and are usually found on specialist servers. This could include taking the enemiesÂ cities, killing other faction players and a focus on the Arena and Battlegrounds. Must wear PvP gear over PvE and not mind doing Arathi Basin over and over again.
Uber hardcore: These are the guilds just below Vodka and co. but are not professional. Vent/Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak required as is a devotion to devouring new content. Will often learn tactics on the PTR and will go for realm firsts.
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